Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spotlight: Valentino, Past & Present


When I first saw the two Valentino dresses on view as part of the exhibit Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part Two, now at The Museum at FIT, I made a guess as to the year of each. I was betting that co-curators Jennifer Farley and Colleen Hill had chosen to show one Valentino dress by Mr. Valentino himself, the other by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli, the co-Creative Directors of the house since October 2008. I was right about that but wrong about who designed what. Care to take a guess as to the year each of these dresses were made?

Valentino dress of white cotton lace, rhinestones, and beads.

The one above is from 1965. The one below is from 2011. I love that the dress by Valentino himself feels so modern and the one by Maria and Pier Paolo is staying true to the history of the house by the use of black and white and exquisite details such as the feminine ruffles and the delicate appliqué flowers.

Valentino dress of ivory silk organza, and black and white cotton floral applique.

Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part Two is on view until November 10, 2012.

The Museum at FIT
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5 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I actually got the first one right...I thought it is probably in the 60s! The second one had me stumped! Always love your museum posts, Jill!

Rebekah Bonde said...

I want that Valentino sheath!!!

gracefully50.com said...

Lol! I love the Valentino & your quote! Me, too!

I'm drooling over these gorgeous dresses!

Jeannie

triskelos said...

So much beauty in one post! I love the dotted dress from the first picture so much! It's pure art <3

Veshoevius said...

That second one is stunning - it's my favourite!